My girl Lindsay is back with more skincare tips for the winter. I can always count on her for natural and organic product recommendations. She does the research and reads the product labels so we don't have to.
East Coast girls know that the winter months can be especially frigid and detrimental to our skin, hair and scalp. Central heat, space heaters and hot showers are just some of the factors that exacerbate the issue and lead to more dryness, itching, and flakes – yuck TMI!
After last winter, the sudden chill in the air has inspired me to research the warmest coats and boots and more importantly the best skin and hair care products to offset the winter dryness – minus chemicals and preservatives of course! Here are my findings and recommendations.
Organic Shea Butter Tin by Out of Africa. I apply it to my hands every day before bedtime and find that it keeps my hands and cuticles soft and smooth as well as repairs dry cracked skin faster than anything else. Shea butter is also a fabulous natural alternative to lip balm!
#2 Arm & Hammer Baking Soda $2.99More commonly known as a non-toxic cleaner around the house, baking soda removes bacteria from the skin and doubles as an exfoliator. Add a few teaspoons to your favorite cleanser to create a fantastic face scrub and eliminate the flakes. You can also combine a few teaspoons with just water to craft a more natural skin exfoliator for your face and body as well as a scalp clarifying rinse. I recommend using no more than once a week and following with a moisturizer to prevent over drying of the skin.
#3 KB Shimmer Cold Process Soap $5.50/barCold process soap is very different than most commercial soaps and body washes since it contains glycerin, a natural skin humectant instead of sulfates, which are detergents that can strip your skin. Did you know that sulfates are the same foam forming ingredients found in many laundry detergents and dishwasher soaps?It makes sense to choose sulfate free products to boost softer, smoother and more hydrated skin. I like using cold process soap along with a loofa since it provides cleansing while exfoliating benefits. You can pick up cold process soap at your local farmers market or choose from a vast variety online at Etsy. Remember that keeping the duration and water temperature of your shower to a minimum will also help skin retain moisture.
#4 Soma Leave-In Conditioner $12.99Soma is a superior hair care line that boasts organic products of the highest quality. Everything is vegan, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, organic, sulfate/alcohol/paraben/formaldehyde free and has an optimal 4.5-5.5 pH level (anything higher can dry out hair and lead to frizz). In addition most of Soma’s products incorporate proteins into their ingredients to strengthen hair. I swear by their Moisture Shampoo, Reconstruct Deep Conditioner and Leave in Conditioner spray, and use all of these each time I wash my hair. I also recommend many of their styling products, particularly the Rage Out Styling Cream to achieve a salon worthy blow out.
Every time I see Lindsay (she lives in Boston) I swear I run out and buy new products. I gave Lindsay's Soma trio a trial run in Lake Placid and was impressed with the results. Placing an order once my current supply depletes. Have any natural products to add to Lindsay's list?